Panel Transfunéraire : “Multimedia Coverage of Collective Reburials in post-Genocide and Mass-Violence Contexts” – IAGS Conference – 19/07

Le programme de recherche Transfunéraire présentera un panel intitulé “Multimedia Coverage of Collective Reburials in post-Genocide and Mass-Violence Contexts” le 19 juillet 2021 lors de la Conférence de l’International Association of Genocide Scolars (IAGS).

La présentation du panel est consultable ici : Session C1 : 3. Monday 19 July 2021 – 5h30pm – 7pm

In his seminal article “From Tear to Pixel, Political Correctness and Digital Emotions in the Exhumations of Mass Graves from the Civil War” published in 2016, Spanish social anthropologist Francisco Ferrándiz has shown how the exhumations of victims of mass violence were subject to extensive sound and visual recordings that were immediately disseminated and worldwide broadcasted through traditional and digital media.

This immediate and global digitalization of a collective experience is affecting the short and long-term construction of social memory in contemporary societies affected by mass violence, “accelerating the memory-construction process and projecting it into the global arena”. Collective re-burials frequently organized as a follow-up of the exhumations carried-out in post-mass violence settings are subject to similar intense coverage and global broadcasting.

This panel (set up in the frame of the comparative research program Transfunerary aims at questioning the specificities and consequences of the reburial’s massive media coverage. What role do these funerary records play in the various resilience processes of post-conflict societies? What types of images and imagery are produced, shaped and put into circulation? What echoes do these images provoke in social life? These questions will be addressed on the basis of several fieldworks carried out by social anthropologists and psychologists in Europe and Latin America.


  • Elisabeth Anstett (CNRS, Transfunéraire). “Reality check. The media coverages of Great Purges victim’s reburial in nowadays post-soviet Russia and their effect”
  • Valérie Robin Azevdo (U-Paris, Transfunéraire). “Visual recordings and media coverage of controversial collective burials of the Peruvian internal armed conflict”
  • Clara Duterme (AMU, Transfunéraire). “The “Memoria Virtual” in Guatemala. The use of images to build and to disseminate the memory of victims”
  • Laura M. Panizo (CONICET, Transfunéraire). “The corporeality of the dead in the public arena: An analysis of two cases in the contexts of the Malvinas War victims in Argentina and the detained-disappeared in Chile”
  • Juan Pablo Aranguren (Universidad de los Andes, Transfunéraire). “Looking at the exhumation: ethical reflections on the image, privacy and about looking at the exhumations of Bojayá (Colombia)”

7th Global Conference on Genocide : TRANSFUNERARY Panel

The 7th Global Conference on Genocide, organized by INoGS will take place online. You can find the programme for the 26th of September here and October 3 here.

The members of Transfunéraire’s communications pare part of Panel 6. You can find them the 26th of September, 2:00PM-3:30PM (UTC-4) or 20h-21h30 French time.

Watch the recording following this link: Panel 6 – Communications.

Panel participants : Elisabeth Anstett (chair), Galia Valtchinova, Laura M. Panizo, Clara Duterme.

Elisabeth Anstett also chairs the Panel 4 at 11:30AM (17h30).

Panel 6 – “Collective reburial in post-genocide and mass-violence contexts: collectively reshaping mass death and its aftermath”

This panel is organized in the frame of the TRANSFUNERARY research program focusing on a comparative analysis of collective reburial and funerary practices currently occurring in Europe and Latin America, in post-mass violence contexts. In contemporary post-genocide or mass crime situations, exhumation is indeed used as an essential tool for transitional justice processes. In several countries concerned in the long run with mass exhumations (such as for example Bosnia, Spain, Cyprus, Argentina, Peru or Guatemala), this has led to numerous collective reburial that have so far received little attention as such. This program aims at enlightening the funerary rituals transformations or adaptation, but also the religious and political arrangements that lie beneath, and enable societies to deal with the difficult issue such as fragmented or absent bodies. Beside an interrogation upon funeral grammar and glossaries adaptability as well as upon forensics expertise impact, the program aims at questioning the reshaping of the relationships to the dead in post-mass violence contexts.

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